Home-based 3D printers are becoming more commonplace in today’s world and it was revealed recently that 3D Systems is further improving on its Cube 3D printer, with the Cube 3. The Cube 3 will sport an all-new design to suit more modern times and will be priced under $1,000: a true rarity in the 3D printer world. So, what does this printer have going for it? Let’s find out.
About the Cube 3
The Cube 3 has a print pad that automatically calibrates itself and its supports have been made more accessible to the user, which allows the plate to be removed without potentially damaging any of the newly printed objects that the printer can accommodate. It’s also able to print using two different materials simultaneously: a technology that was previously only available to those in industrial settings at much higher price tags. It’s also able to print in multiple colours at the same time, too.
Plastic choices are now available to users, with PLA and ABS plastics both being supported by the printer. Both materials include a rainbow of colours with over 25 different selections being available. They’re also pretty easy to use, too. Known as “instant load” cartridges, filament jets automatically inject themselves into the printing nozzles to save time when users need to make quick switches between materials and colours. Cartridges are recyclable, too. They can be send back to 3D Systems for a discount on future orders.
The Cube 3 is safe for use within households with children, since the print pad is unheated and the nozzles are completely enclosed, which prevents burn-related accidents. The printer itself is also recognized by safety standards in this regard, too. It holds the IEC Home Printer Certification 6095 and can be operated by children aged eight and above.
The Cube 3 includes the following tech specs:
• Technology: Plastic Jet Printing (PJP)
• Dual print jets
• Maximum creation size: 6 x 6 x 6 inches
• 75 microns layer thickness
• One cartridge allows up to 14 medium-sized print jobs
• Weight: 17 lbs
• Material: PLA plastic and ABS plastic
The printer was first exhibited at CES 2014 and will be released during the second quarter of 2014. It is compatible with Cubify, an online platform that allows users to browse a database of 3D models and feed them directly to the printer for seamless print jobs.